As intuitive as Windows® Explorer, provides flexible, searchable file management for SOLIDWORKS files.

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You can use SOLIDWORKS Explorer with or without the SOLIDWORKS application and with or without SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM added in.

SOLIDWORKS Explorer is not a PDM (Product Data Management) tool; however, it does perform many useful tasks and simplifies many file management processes. You can add in The SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Contributor application to run as a standalone application inside SOLIDWORKS Explorer.

To activate the SOLIDWORKS Explorer:

  • From within the SOLIDWORKS application, click Tools > SOLIDWORKS Explorer.
  • From the Windows Start menu, click All Programs > SOLIDWORKS version > SOLIDWORKS Explorer version.
  • Create a shortcut by dragging the SOLIDWORKS Explorer icon to your desktop.

Collapsed View

The first time you open SOLIDWORKS Explorer, it appears in its collapsed view, with only the SOLIDWORKS Search box visible:

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In the collapsed view, you can:
  • Search for text strings and tags in all indexed documents, including SOLIDWORKS and Microsoft Office documents.
  • Click Expand vsf1450474621780 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer to show the File Explorer pane.
  • Right-click near the outer edge and select Close or Minimize.
  • Leave the collapsed view open on your desktop. It becomes transparent while you use other applications.
  • Insert tags in documents to use as search criteria.

File Explorer

When you perform a search or click Expand vsf1450474621780 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer, the view expands to show the File Explorer pane, which has two tabs:
  • File Explorer cgb1450468734881 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer. Displays the folders and documents on your computer. If SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Contributor is added in, the vault view appears at the bottom of the pane.
  • Results rbo1450474547963 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer. Displays results of searches.

Expanded View

When you select an item in the File Explorer pane, the fully expanded view of SOLIDWORKS Explorer appears.

In the right pane, a graphical preview of the selected folder or document is displayed. A control in the upper right corner lets you view or suppress the graphic.

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  • To suppress the preview graphic, click the left side of the control.
  • To redisplay the graphic, click the right side of the control.

Depending on the type of item selected, different tabs appear in the expanded view, where you can perform data management tasks. Each tab can contain several columns of information. Tabs include:

msr1450474623528 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer Info Lists information about the selected item.
ilh1450474624057 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer Files (for folders only) Lists the contents of the folder and provides previews.
zvh1450474624579 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer Properties Lets you add or change custom properties for a SOLIDWORKS document.
nnl1450474625156 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer References Lists the references of any part, assembly, or drawing document.
gnd1450474625672 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer Where Used Lists all the places where a specified part or assembly is used.
hev1450474626253 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer Configurations Lets you rename or delete a selected configuration in a part or assembly document, and updates its references.
kbr1450474626797 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer Hyperlinks Lets you list and edit hyperlinks in the selected document.
tyy1450474627324 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer View Displays an eDrawings image of the selected part, assembly, or drawing document.

When you select a document, a mini toolbar helps you perform additional tasks. isj1450474627847 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer

SOLIDWORKS Explorer updates references to and from the document appropriately.

hdm1450474628358 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer Pack and Go Gathers all related files for a model design (parts, assemblies, drawings, references, design tables, Design Binder content, custom and default decals, appearances, and scenes, and SOLIDWORKS Simulation results) into a folder or zip file.
gmp1450474628854 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer Rename Renames one or more selected documents and updates all the references.
rvz1450474629392 DASI Solutions - SOLIDWORKS Explorer Replace Replaces a selected part or assembly document and updates its references.



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